Veterinary Balance Method Acupuncture Certification Track

Learn an acupuncture method that uses distal points to invoke rapid clinical responses in veterinary patients

Costa Rica
English
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Program Overview

Acupuncture has evolved since thousands of years. Recent investigations demonstrate by fMRI how fast the stimulus travels and affects the brain arriving at 200 milliseconds or almost instantaneously. The response of the stimulus should yield an effect as fast as it arrives, at least in pain control. This fast response characterizes the Balance Method from I-Ching Acupuncture. If we place the needle in the correct spot the response should be immediate, within seconds or minutes after.

This requires a good knowledge of the Shu Points or Command Points, also known as Antique Points. These points are located distal to the Elbow and Knee. It requires knowledge of the different balancing systems, of the correspondence of the 12 joints, of the Imaging and Mirror concept, of the Global Balance concept, the 12 magical points, of the Ba-Gua, and the trigrams and hexagrams, of the 5 Elements Theory, Seasonal Balance and more. This knowledge will allow us to use distal more energetic points to obtain immediate results.

This program has been approved for 84 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize RACE approval.

Program Goals

Learn Three-Step Strategy to immediately and effectively treat all localized symptoms such as pain, numbness, stiffness, tingling or burning sensations, etc.

Understand several of the Masters famous 6 Systems of balancing for external and internal disorders

Learn how to Balance for Internal Disorders such as genitourinary, gastrointestinal, endocrine, 5 sense organs, and more using Ba Gua, hexagram Meridian Conversion

Learn to balance the whole meridian or several meridians at the same time with only 4, 8, 9, or 12 needles

Veterinary Balance Method Acupuncture Certification Track

Taught in English

For veterinarians & veterinary students only

84 RACE approved CE hours

Curriculum

Students wishing to enroll in the Balance Method course must have basic knowledge of TCVM, and must fulfill ONE of the following two requirements:

  • Completion of at least ONE session of veterinary acupuncture at Chi or another accredited institution
  • Completion of the TCVM Fundamental Theories lecture series online module

Basic Yin Yang Theories

1h

Eight Principles

1h

Five Elements

2h

Veterinary Acupuncture - Scientific Basis

2h

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Introduction to Balance Method I - IV

4h

Breaking Down Yin Yang

1h

From WuJi to TaiJi in Balance Method

1h

The Six Levels

1h

Drawing Ba Gua

1h

Drawing Fu Xi and Wen Wang

1h

Developing the 6 Systems

1h

The Holographic Concept Mirror and Image

1h

System 1

1h

Developing System 1

1h

Creating System 2

1h

Finishing System 2

1h

Developing System 3

1h

Conclusion of System 3

1h

Developing of System 4

1h

System 5 and 6

1h

Drawing the Matrix of 6 Systems

1h

Cases Using the Matrix I & II

2h

Case Discussions with Matrix

1h

Canine Acupoints Demo for Balance Method

3h

Equine Acupoints Demo for Balance Method

3h

The 5 Command Points

2h

Diagnosis by Acupuncture Ways

1h

Diagnosis Final

1h

Scalp Acupuncture

1h

Review of the Balance Method Systems

2h

Review of the Meridians and The Shu-Transportation Distal Acupuncture Points

2h

Lab: Balance Method Distal Acupoint Locations

4h

Lab: Case Exam, Diagnosis, Discussion, and Treatment

12h

Introduction & Review

2h

Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture

1h

Tail Acupuncture

1h

Clinical Cases Using Balance Method

1h

Introduction to Global Balance I & II

2h

Skin Conditions

1h

Taiyin/Yangming Pattern

1h

Approaching the Five Sense Organs

1h

Ear Issues and Five Senses

1h

Nose and Mouth Issues

1h

Abdominal Issues

1h

Digestive Disorders

1h

8 + 1 Exceptional points for Digestive Disorders

1h

Jueyin/Yangming Pattern

1h

Side Issues

1h

Hormonal and Reproductive Disorders

1h

Balancing Back or Posterior Issues

2h

Summary for Frontal, Sides and Back Issues

1h

The 12 Exceptional Points & Development

2h

Small Animal 12 Exceptional Points and Combinations

1h

Small Animal Case Discussions

1h

The Use of the 8 Extraordinary Meridians

1h

Seasonal Balance Method

1h

Hexagrams and Seasonal Balance

1h

Choosing the Correct Hexagram for a Given Time

1h

How to Choose Points According to Seasonal Balance

1h

Seasonal Balance Examples

1h

Conclusion of Seasonal Balance

1h

Introduction to Balance Method Use of the 5 Elements

1h

The Use of the 5 Elements Balance Method in Excess or Deficiency

1h

Balance Method Use of the 5 Elements Final

1h

Final Review of Fundamental Principals of Balance Method

4h

Canine Cases using Balance Method

2h

Canine Case Presentations

2h

Equine Cases using Balance Method

2h

Equine Case Presentations

2h

Students have the option to receive a certification as the Certified Veterinary Balance Method Acupuncturist. The certification is approved by Chi University and the World Association of TCVM (WATCVM). The requirements to obtain certification are as follows:

  • Be a veterinarian

  • Complete Sessions 1-4 of the certification track

  • Complete the review quiz with a score above 75%

  • Complete the final practical exam and written exam each with a score above 75%

Instructors

Dr. Alfaro received his DVM in 1975 from Federal University of Parana, Brazil. He then continued his veterinary studies in large animal surgery, radiology and anesthesiology from the University of Minnesota and obtained his Master of Sciences in 1979. Dr. Alfaro was certified in Veterinary Acupuncture in 2004 and in Tui-na and Herbal Medicine in 2012 from the Chi Institute. He became a Certified Balance Method Silver Level Practitioner from Dr. Richard Teh-Fu Tan in 2012. He then continued to become a Certified Balance Method Executive Level Practitioner by The Academy of Acupuncture Balance Method in 2018. Nowadays he is a retired Professor of Equine Surgery at the School of Veterinary Medicine, National University, Costa Rica since 2005, but still teaches integrative equine medicine and Acupuncture to students at National University in Costa Rica. Additionally, he lectures on Integrative Medicine in Costa Rica and abroad.

Enrollment Options

Available Formats

Semester

2022

Schedule & Tuition

Payment Information

A $150 non-refundable course deposit is charged upon enrollment to reserve your seat.

Payment is due 60 days before the first day of each session.

A $50 convenience fee will be charged for payments and registrations received less than 60 days before the start of a session.

Add-ons & Prerequisites

TCVM Fundamental Theories

$100

CVBMA Certification

$350

Discounts

CVA Costa Rica Student Discount

-$350

Frequently Asked Questions